War of the Rebellion: Serial 058 Page 0522 KY., SE. VA., TENN., MISS., ALA., AND N. GA. Chapter XLIV.

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DALTON, January 6, 1864.

Colonel L. B. NORTHROP:

Our beeves are very lean, so that the ration, three-fourths of a pound, giver very little meat. I therefore suggest to double the ration of rice.

J. E. JOHNSTON.

[First indorsement.]

OFFICE OF COMMISSARY-GENERAL OF SUBSISTENCE,

Richmond, January 7, 1864.

Respectfully referred to Secretary of War.

The decline in quantity and quality of the meat ration under the present exigencies must obtain everywhere in the Confederate State this side of Mississippi River.

L. B. NORTHROP,

Commissary-General.

[Second indorsement.]

COMMISSARY-GENERAL:

Can you not give the additional rice?

J. A. S.

Secretary.

[Third indorsement.]

OFFICE OF COMMISSARY-GENERAL OF SUBSISTENCE,

Richmond, January 11, 1864.

Respectfully returned to Secretary of War.

Since this telegram was received complaints have been received from Charleston and Wilmington of the inadequacy of transportation to provide breadstuffs for the troops at those points. Rice will have to be substituted largely, and the double ration asked for cannot be allowed.

L. B. NORTHROP.

OFFICE CHIEF COMMISSARY FOR MISSISSIPPI,

Meridan, January 6, 1864.

Lieutenant Colonel THOMAS M. JACK,

Assistant Adjutant-General, Meridian, Miss.:

COLONEL: I have the honor to inclose the following papers:

Circular of Subsistence Bureau of April 15, July 30, and September 14, 1863, copy of communication from Secretary of War to General Pillow, and General Pillow's letter to me of date September 23.

All of these may be of interest to the commanding general in confection with matters appertaining to this department and to which I may have occasion to ask his attention.

I also respectfully submit the following remarks bearing upon our operations in collecting army supplies, desiring to keep the commanding general advised, of my projects and plans, the success that attends our effort, as well as the obstacles that intervene, and to overcome which I am in a great degree dependent upon the co-operation and aid of military authorities.

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